Brewer's Bay, Tortola, BVI
A quiet haven with a beautiful beach. This is what the BVI is all about! For those who wish to find solitude amidst a beautiful setting ... Brewer's Bay Beach is the place to be!
This peaceful slice of paradise in the British Virgin Islands remains one of Tortola's most well known yet secluded beaches. Access is a tad unnerving for some visitors as the road consists of several switch backs and rather steep descents some would rather not attempt.
Access from the water is more than a bit dicey as there are underwater power cables lying across the cove which can easily become caught by a misplaced anchor. As a result, Brewer's Bay is off limits to all charter yachts. Obviously, the fellow who owns the motor yacht in the photo below is blissfully unaware or simply chose to ignore his charts!
Nicole's Bar & Restaurant is often the only business open. Nicole rents beach chairs, serves ice cold drinks and offers a basic assortment of lunch and snack foods. Pull up a chair and watch a game or (Nicole's favourite) Court TV ... he always has the TV on!
The water is very shallow running quite a distance out from shore at Brewer's making this an ideal spot for young children to play safely, under adult supervision.
Without invading someone's privacy, I was unable to get any reasonable photos, but the Brewer's Bay Camp Ground is hidden amidst the dense coconut palms lining the beach. Avid campers from all over the world head to the British Virgin Islands for their annual camping vacation. The Bamboo Bar above is part of the camp grounds. Facilities include washrooms and showers. This is a "no frills" camping area and those visiting would be well advised to bring plenty of insect repellent.
Having said that, it also has to rank amongst the top ten most beautiful camping areas anywhere! Quiet, secluded and a fabulous beach at your disposal! Who could ask for anything more!
Oddly enough, people rarely ask how Brewers Bay got its name! Well, here's the answer even if you weren't curious. The ruins of this once very busy distillery, presumably built sometime in the 1700's, can be seen from the road just behind the shore line. Its roof has been replaced by a coconut palm canopy with undergrowth springing up through the floor. Pieces of machinery and distilling accessories from the sugar mill, similar to those seen at Callwood's Distillery, remain exactly where they were abandoned more than100 years ago.
Icis Villas are located across the road from Nicole's. So if camping isn't your thing, but solitude is ... give Icis a call!
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